Farm Animals

TODDLER STORYTIME

Today was the last toddler storytime of the spring.  It has been so much fun with such a wonderful group of children and parents!  We’ll take a month break (to plan for summer and get rejuvenated) and then I’ll see you all again in June for the summer reading program, “One World, Many Stories.”  

OPENING SONG: Mister Sun

OPENING RHYMES:

Today’s theme is farm animals!  Can you name some farm animals?  What sounds do they make?  (Bring out any farm animal stuffed animals or puppets at this point.)

BOOK 1: Clip-Clop by Nicola Smee

FLANNEL SONG: Five Clean Squeaky Pigs
Sing it to “Five Green and Speckled Frogs”

This flannel song came from Mel’s Desk – visit her blog to print out her clipart file!

Five pigs so squeaky clean
Cleanest you’ve ever seen
Wanted to go outside and play
Oink! Oink! (clap, clap)
One jumped into the mud
Landed with a great big thud
Then there were four clean squeaky pigs.

FLANNEL RHYME: 10 Fluffy Chickens
Credit: Mel’s Desk
You can print my clipart file here.

Five eggs and five eggs  Add a clutch of eggs each time you say “five eggs”
And that makes ten
Sitting on top  Add the hen
Is Mother Hen
Cackle cackle cackle   Clap hands as you say Cackle!
What do I see?
Ten fluffy chickens   Switch eggs for chicks.
Yellow as can be.

BOOK 2: Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins
Introduce the characters on the first page of this book before reading:  “Here is Rosie the hen.  She is going to go for a walk around the farm.  But who else do we see in the picture?  A fox!  And what is a fox’s most favorite food?  Hens!  Uh oh…let’s see what happens.”

SONG: Down on Grandpa’s farm from Raffi’s album One Light, One Sun
Listen or download song here.

We’re on our way, we’re on our way (clap in rhythm)
On our way to Grandpa’s farm.
We’re on our way, we’re on our way (continue clapping)
On our way to Grandpa’s farm.

Down on Grandpa’s farm there is a big, brown cow.
Down on Grandpa’s farm there is a big, brown cow.
The cow, she makes a sound like this….Moooooo.
The cow, she makes a sound like this….Moooooo.

  1. Brown Cow…Mooooo
  2. Red Hen ….Cluck-cluck
  3. White Sheep….Baaaaa
  4. Black Dog…..Woof
  5. Brown Horse…..Neigh

You can print my clipart file here.

CLOSING SONG: Goodbye

CRAFT: Muddy Pig
This craft idea came from allkidsnetwork.com

Instructions:

  1. Print pig template onto pink construction paper.  I created my own Muddy Pig template, which you can print out  here.
  2. Cut out the pigs.
  3. Have children glue the pigs onto green construction paper.
  4. Provide children with sponges or Q-tips and brown paint to muddy-up their pigs.


SNACK: Pig Cookies
The recipe and instructions for these pig cookies came from a Taste of Home.
Instructions:  Ice sugar cookies with pink frosting.  Cut pink sugar wafers into small triangles.  Add triangles for ears.  Cut large marshmallows in half; poke two holes in each marshmallow with a toothpick.  Press peanut butter or butterscotch chips upside-down into the holes.  Add mini chocolate chips as eyes.  Add pink sprinkles as desired :)  Cute pig cookies complete!

ADDITIONAL IDEAS

Book: Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming

Book: I Went Walking by Sue Williams

Song: Old McDonald
There is a great version on Old Town School of Folk Music’s album Songs for Wiggleworms.  It has great rhythm and ends with “…and on that farm he had a greeeaaatt biiiiiig tickle bug!….”   Listen or download the song here.

Flannel Board:  Rooster’s feathers
(Tune: Do You Know the Muffin Man)

Place a rooster on the flannel board and explain that he has lost his feathers. Hand out different colored paper feathers to children. Then sing the following song:

Do you have a red feather,
A red feather, a red feather?
If you have a red feather,
Bring it up here now.

Repeat with other colors.

2 thoughts on “Farm Animals

  1. I really love your pig craft! And the kids look like they are having a wonderful time.

    And can I just say that the pig treats are the sweetest little cookies ever? Just adorable.

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